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Jurong Frog Farm: Frog in the well hops into your claypot!

Hiya dudes! After a week’s hiatus, we decided to get closer to the wild outdoors of our sunny island, and we arrive at the Jurong Frog Farm because XL says she wants something ‘special’, and I honestly don’t know if this is ‘special’ enough for her, but I guess a farm full of American Bull Frogs should do the trick! (Kill me please if this is not good enough for her, it’s alright if you readers out there like it 🙂

OK! This is how the frog pen looks like, kindda big because each pen is home to so-many-till-i-lost-count number of frogs, and yes XL is smiling, I guess she must be satisfied 🙂

$1 worth of frog food gets you a small packet of pellets to feed the frog

Pellet launched.

One Pellet Away!

Apparently some frogs (read: almost all) aren’t enthusiastic, hence the disclaimer

We caught these 2 *ahem ahem* away, OK we get the message.

Bull frog tadpoles, pretty big!

Like a boss!

Another one of the farm’s produce, freshwater patin fish

Tilapia is also on the menu!

And yes, this is the gist of our farm visit. The frogs here are reared for consumption, mainly for out favourite frog porridge, as well as for the snow jelly dessert (hashima). For that reason, the frogs are of only a single species. So those who are disappointed that there is a lack of variety of animals, do note that this is a commercial farm, and not a reptilian park.

Admission is free and you can walk around the farm by yourselves, as advised by their friendly staff. However, to fully understand the operations of the farm and handle the frogs etc (see below flowchart for more info), it would be advisable to go for one of those guided tours. For more info, refer here.

Besides the farm tours, you can also purchase some of the farm produce such as the frogs and fish. On certain days, the staff may offer some cooked food, which can be purchased and consumed on the spot (for the non-cooking folks out there)

As noted from the chart above, certain tours require a minimum group size of 20 pax. This was the unfortunate situation which we faced today….. And…. to avoid future disappointment of all of you, we have decided to collate groups of 20 or more so that you guys can enjoy the tours instead of simply milling around helplessly. *Disclaimer: Do leave your actual name, contact number, group size and intended date of visit. We do not guarantee that there would be a minimum group size of 20; and in the event that we do not gather 20 pax or more, we are in no way responsible for it since this service is provided on our own goodwill (meaning FOC). Once the group is confirmed, we will link you guys up, where you guys can then contact each other to confirm the type of tour and the date of intended visit. 🙂 So do be nice and not cancel the appointment at the last moment because many others are dependent on you to make the tour possible 🙂

As I’ve mentioned earlier, if you do not sign up for any of the tours, you will not gain much information about the farm and their produce. TO fully maximise the experience, the best time for the tour would be around 10am in the morning.

So there, we are done with Mr Frog; those poor souls we see today should land up in somebody’s claypot soon 😦

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Layang Layang 2012 @ Marina Barrage: The Kite Runner

So on this (rather) eventless weekend, we head down to the Marina Barrage for a touch of breeze, and also to attend PUB’s kite flying event, Layang Layang 2012. And Layang means ‘kite’. As stated in the PUB Website, there is a whole slew of events for the entire day. Is it true?

In our honest opinion, when we reached the location @ 2pm (when most of the main events would’ve started), we sighted some kites up in the sky, while some are still WIP (work in progress). On the ground level, there are some demonstrators randomly flying some kites at low altitudes, and totally not interacting with the crowd. Big boo boo we feel. However, it soon started to rain (drizzle actually), and the kite flyers headed for an intermission in the shelters, and everything seemed rather abandoned. In short, if you’re an avid kite-flyer, there is no need to specially attend this event, because there is nothing special that you can get to learn. If you are bringing your family along, there isn’t much to see because the event organisers did not seem keen to interact with anyone. One redeeming factor though is the kite making event they have; an interesting novelty for children nonetheless.

The highlight of the event had got to be the Mega Kite Flying Display on Sunday from 1630 – 1700, there could be many magnificent and interesting kites on display. But if so, then we feel that the duration of this particular segment could have been a little too short.

We discovered one interesting fact though, it seemed to be a good event for photographers to snap away, as we have done in the photos below. Enjoy!

Spongebob kite! (:

Kite making area

Stunt area. Erm… not too interesting in our opinion

‘Say Hi to doggie’

The Good :

  • Free family fun, great for children who want to fly their kites (but well, we don’t actually need to have an event to be able to fly them)

The Bad:

  • Poor organisation of event, attempt by event organisers to interact with the crowd could have been improved, does not really invoke interest in kite flying.

elson

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YFest 2012 @ Esplanade : Tonight…… We are YOUNG!

TGIF for the win! Yes tonight is the night of YFest, which is organized by the Esplanade for youths, and of course the young at heart. So being hot blooded youths, how can we not grace this event?

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Tired audit interns that the both of us are, we manage to leave the office on-the-dot (damn lucky we know!) to check out whatever that’s brewing at the theatres on the bay. OK admittedly, elson wasn’t too optimistic about the event initially. Ehh IMHO, the marketing is not exactly too targeted and does not set to differentiate itself from other run-of-the-mil events held at places like Scape, with the usual flea-market, skate boarding stuff, yada yada yada. But still, we had to give it a shot, and boy were we really really glad.

Upon arrival at the Esplanade, we were bombarded by a loud concert-like noise, and the honour goes to a group of performers on the stage who were performing a kind of dance called ‘popping’. We ain’t too familiar with dances, and hence would not be able to explain the nuances behind them, but do experience the dance and judge for yourselves. We have to admit that, given the large crowd and thundering applauses, it must’ve been good. Indeed a very good way to propagate the art of dancing!

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Next up, we headed towards the area with lots of carnival tents (and this is where it really really really got us interested, INTERESTED!!! :DDD), the first stop for us was the ‘Swop Shop’. So what is this ‘Swop Shop’ thingy about? It turned out that it is actually a global movement. What you do is, bring down items you do not want, but are in workable conditions, and simply exchange them for any of the items displayed there. It was form of ‘free-cycling’, which is actually an aberration of ‘recycling’. This reduces the disposal of items and is actually a marvelous concept. Barter trading anyone? It is an impressive movement by this YFest, and a very noble and innovative one.  

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BOOTHS !

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All the above available for ‘barter trade’ or rather ‘free-cycling’!

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XL with Swop Shop lady! Thumbs up for the environment!

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Next stop, guess what?! Another darn interesting concept! You see people writing stuff on cards around? The concept actually revolves around writing a card to our friends and the Esplanade will send it only a year after! So it’s like a you in 2012 writing to a friend in 2013, pretty awesome we feel! This concept purported by the YFest is to promote friendships; if we are still in contact with the friend, well, it serves to reinforce the friendship; and even if we were to lose contact, it serves to rekindle the friendship. Aww! What a sweet gesture! XL got so hyper about it that she did not hold her horses back and immediately plonked down onto a chair, and started writing! (Hint hint: We will both receive a letter one year on! WAHAHAHAH!)

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How it works!

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Cheapo XL smiling at the prospects of sending postcards for free!!!

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elson writing his secret post!

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XL writing her stuff!

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Cute letter box!

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Popping the letters in !

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 Yes and we deposit those letters into the uber cute chutes and get to see the letters only a year on! And oh, did we mention that the service is totally FOC! YES FREE OF CHARGE! (yes don’t have to pay admission charges, don’t have to pay for Swop Shop, don’t have to pay for ANYTHING in this YFest! Shiokness! Everyone loves a good deal and everyone relishes a FREE deal!)

Our third stop in the carnival-like tents was this toy-making event, where you would be provided with a mould, and some clay, and DIY your own toys. Basically this event does not seem too unique and special to be honest, but it does allow one to play around with the clay and other art and crafts gadgets, in case one has been away from school for too long. So yea, get your hands dirty and get back to school! Unfortunately for us, we could not get to make the toy because the clay takes around 1-1.5hrs to set and the booth will be closing soon 😦

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Made by Singapore Boys’ Hostel!

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Right smack at the center of the carnival tents is this friendly Caucasian guy who is from the University of Melbourne’s faculty of arts. He called out to us, and how could we not show some Singaporean hospitality, tio boh? Anyway, he asked us some questions pertaining to friendships and he filmed our replies on camera, to be uploaded on Facebook (can’t wait to see it being aired HAHAHAHHA!)

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Steve from UMel!

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elson makes a new friend in Steve!

Although the question about friendships is rather cheesy, we really like the whole getup about promoting friendships, particularly with the Postcards thingy from the previous booths. Kudos to YFest! A good reminder that it’s really special to find someone whom you can relate to and click with among the torrents of people.  No matter how bad the going gets, there’s always someone out there watching our backs. We like that, we really do :)) Double smiley for this one!

Last station is actually a Cosplay station. Although Cosplay is a common trend, what makes this booth special is that, we can actually partake in the Cosplay! Yes the Cosplayers will provide all the equipments, including the makeup, and turn you into someone out of Naruto or One-piece. One caveat though, there’s only 4 choices to choose from, but it can really be enjoyable! Here’re some photos (We failed to do the Cosplay thingy because of time constraint yet again 😦  )

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Wolverine?

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Cosplay artefacts!

Walking out back towards the air-conditioned comfort of the Esplanade, we dropped by the Giant robotic statue where everyone is allowed to draw/write/doodle anything they like on those structures! Graffiti at its finest, and no legal penalties at all! WOOHOO!!!! We got down to work, and decided to leave our mark here! Artistic expression at its finest! Go ahead, write ‘My grandfather’s road’ here or imitate the Sticker Girl for all your heart desires without any consequences!

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Let’s put some graffiti on this robot!

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NAISE!!!

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We were here! :DDD

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Graffiti Art Attack!

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Singaporeans exercising their artistic freedom

We headed towards the entrance, and were greeted by more performances as we left. Tonight, we were truly young and awesomely awed by the wonderful concepts thought out by YFest. As Jessie J sang ‘It’s not about the money money money….’ This event serves as a yardstick for future events to be organized. Low in budget, but full of innovative concepts and meaning for our youth. The subtle lessons that would be inculcated into the audience is mind-boggling, especially the ‘Write a card to your friend’ and ‘Swop Shop’ movement. The intricate weaving of the fabrics of art, youth and altruism is indeed something worth celebrating. A successful event is not judged only by its ability to wow our external senses, but one that is able to warm the cockles of our hearts. In our humble opinion, YFest has managed to do that. We applaud the effort.

Some of the random pictures we took!

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Interesting picture. We like!

The Good:

  • Awesome concepts, values and great integration of youth and art.
  • Great for family, couples and folks who love the arts!
  • Best of all, everything is entirely FOC!

The Bad:

  • Operating hours are rather short. Seeing that the Cosplay and Toy-making might take some time, it would be good to head early so as not to miss the hands-on events.
  • Outdoor event, have an umbrella ready or prepare for wet weather program.
  • Not as many booths as we would like, but hey, each booth is interesting with a refreshing concept, so well, cannot really complain too much too 😉

How to get there?

Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay

Nearest MRT Stations: Esplanade station, Cityhall station

Event only runs for this weekend! 22nd June to 24th June

23rd June (Sat): 7pm – 11pm

24th June (Sun): 7pm – 10pm

Visit www.yfest.com for more details on the event!

Signing off,

elson

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Written in the Stars – Science Centre Singapore Observatory

Hi everyone! Welcome back to our little enclave in the amazing Milky Way blogosphere! Speaking of the Milky Way, XL and I will be heading down today to observe the heavenly bodies in their original glory, unedited and unadulterated. Where to, then?

The Science Centre Singapore is home to the 3rd largest observatory in Singapore, the bigger two are not accessible by the general public, sad to say.

Whoopee! Finally at the Science Centre…. Erm… knock knock, anybody home?

When there is need for help, ask and it shall be given. We approached the wonderfully nice security guards, and realize to our pleasant delight that, YES! We were at the right place after all, we just needed to trace the orbit (pardon the pun) of tunnels to reach our destination.

Approach the first security guard and she will lead you on to the next security guard in the tunnel (Amazing Race anyone?)

First sign of hope (Aah, we are in the right track)

Second sign of re-affirmation (Good things come to those who are patient)

Third sign of restlessness (Mommy! Are we there yet?! @.@)

AAHHHH Hell yeah! Cool stuff beckons! Let’s push that door… and let’s see what awaits us!

Upon pushing the door, alas! What greeted us was a pitched black sky enveloped by the heavenly bodies that we will be observing tonight! And here is what it actually looks like, from the eyes of our lousy, old Panasonic camera though, with no editing whatsoever.

A small note to our dear readers, do expect a higher volume of visitors during the holiday seasons.  So either be there early or endure the queue under the starry starry night.

Time check: 8:06pm, we had to take the second option, which is to queue. YAY! Indeed Singaporeans’ favorite past time, could we not enjoy it, especially since we have the privilege of queuing under the sky-lit night?

And up the observatory we went!

Cam-whoring while queuing! (and elson can’t seem to open his eyes in the flash…)

Do enjoy the cool breeze under the romantic night skies while queuing.  What is life, if full of care, we have no time to stop and stare. So go ahead! Stare at the skies all you want to! If you are armed with a smart phone, we would advise you to download an app on your smart phone’s app store, Android market, which allows you to point your phone at the skies to identify the star/cluster of stars you are currently staring at? Bazinga! Go try it now, if you own an iPhone, you can try this out using the free Distant Suns app! 

Finally! We are right in front of the 3rd largest telescope in Singapore! Apologies for the lack of photos here, as no flash photography is allowed in here. The main attraction for tonight is the planet Saturn. You can find a complete schedule of the optimal time of the year to view certain planets right here (http://www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/Stargazing.aspx)

The main treat for tonight is Saturn! It was certainly a delightful experience seeing the planet in the flesh, after reading so much about it, particularly in primary school. Gosh that is wayyyy back in time!

Anyway, here’s some Saturn tidbit for all of you:

  •  Saturn is not colored as depicted by most books, but rather, monochromatic. (There is a friendly Caucasian chap manning the telescope, dishing out tirades of astronomy facts. Do say hello to him and fire away your doubts!)
  • Our Milky Way is that ex-planet Pluto is 15years (!) away from earth and currently there is a spacecraft being sent on an expedition there. No signs of life and water on Mars? No problem. Pluto is close enough; challenge accepted and we shall hunt for life on Pluto, says the folks of NASA. We don’t know about you guys, but this idea sounds out of this world (well it is, literally!)

And here’s Saturn projected on the computer next to this mega big telescope where everyone is peering into.

OK, mission completed. We trudge down the observatory with a sense of achievement. It was our virgin experience viewing planets through the lenses of a telescope.

BUT ALL IS NOT SETTLED YET. Wait a minute, there are a few other telescopes below the observatory. We discover that most of the staff are actually volunteers rather than paid employees of the Science Centre. There are even astronomy enthusiasts who bring their own telescopes here to share with members of the public. Uber generous dudes! Thank you guys for your generosity and sharing of your astronomy knowledge. 

Clusters of people gathering at the different telescopes

While queuing up to view the Alpha Centauri (ehh pardon me, Alpha Whutt??? Was the first thing that came into out minds), we had the opportunity to interact with two of the volunteers. Let us share our newfound knowledge here. The Alpha Centauri is the closest cluster of 3 stars to our solar system, and it is 4.3 light years away from us (in human speak, it takes a beam of light 4.3years to reach our eyes) Speedpost anyone? HAHAHAH! Well the implication of this fact is that we are looking into the past of the star, to be exact, the image of Alpha Centauri that we are seeing through our telescope is the image of the stars 4.3 years ago.

There was a heated argument between the both of us and I must admit that I had a heated discussion with XL about this. EHHH! Are you saying that we can travel back into the past?

Finally we managed to clarify our doubts. What actually happens is that the PAST of the star is what we see in the telescope. It does not mean that the star is currently living in the past. CLOSE ENOUGH! (insert meme)

Dudes and dudettes, if you own your own spanking DSLR, and are interested in taking pictures of the planets and stars through the telescopes, do head down to a photography store and purchase an adaptor which allows you to mount your DSLR onto the telescope to capture images of the heavenly bodies. According to one of the astronomy buffs there, it costs around $60. Do note that it might take awhile to mount your camera, so you will only be able to do so when the crowd disperses, or alternatively head down when it is not the school holidays.

The Good:

  • Enriching night for the both of us! Friendly
  • Excellent place for all, whether it is for couples to romance under the blessing of the stars and planets. or for  families to educate their children on astronomy. Best of all, at totally ZERO admission charges, it is completely free! Free parking at the Science Centre as well. So do not spend your Friday nights simply going to the same few places in town. Take the path less travelled, and be rewarded with a splendid experience.
The Bad:
  • Some of the telescopes belong to private enthusiasts, who have been very generous to share them with all of us. Hence do not be alarmed if they are not service-oriented like how Science Centre employees would have been.
  • It can get rather hot on humid nights. (as in the case in Singapore most of the time) So it might be a cool relieve to bring along a fan of sorts to fan yourselves while queuing up to enter the observatory.

(imagine we can afford a fan made of these, hah!)

  • For non-astronomy buffs, do note that it is not possible to see all planets in a single night.
Getting there!
Here’s the detailed link as to how to go there for anyone who might need it!
What we felt could have enhanced our experience would be for the Science Centre to be more involved instead of relying a lot on the kind volunteers. Perhaps there could be commentaries to explain certain astronomical bodies that will be observed for the evening.

But hey, at a grand total of $0, we really couldn’t ask for more. It has been an astronomical experience for us, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cya on our next expedition! Ciao!

elson

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Huat the fish! We actually came back for this!

When this post was written, the England match against France was well over, and surprisingly, both Huats got the correct prediction of a draw. (Update: they predicted Sweden to win England in the last English game, but unfortunately England prevailed 3-2 last night!)

Kenny Yap (Qian Hu’s Managing Director) must be so happy now that his little dragons are no mere copycats of the celebrated deceased Paul the Octopus, yup so they were both wrong last night, but what the heck!

Call us foolhardy, call us unworthy business students, but the temptation to see what the heck was going on with the 2 arowanas got the better of us. The head says it’s a marketing gimmick but the heart refuses to waste a beautiful Sunday simply by lazing around the house (remember: we are audit interns during the weekdays. It was simply a sin to not utilize our weekends fruitfully before facing the barrage of paper work on DIM (Dammit, It’s Monday).

Carpe Diem first

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Monday!

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The hesitation cost us though, but luckily, we were not penalized in any way. We arrived at Qian Hu at 2:03pm, slightly later than the time of commencement (which is 2pm btw).

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JIT (Just in time)!!! PHEW!

The crowd gathered there was neither too large nor too pathetic fortunately. The chartered bus arrived just as we got out, and we already sighted 3 Newpaper journalists. Yea, this is where we will witness what (pronounced ‘huat’, pardon the pun) the heck is really going on.

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And XL makes the trademark ‘twist’ sign. Cliche to the max!

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Being a typical kancheong spider, we rushed to the front of Big Huat’s tank. We couldn’t get too close though due to temporary barriers put up by the farm. On our left, we sighted what looked like the leader of the journalists, and 3 who looked conspicuously like interns. EL would gladly have taken up a journalistic internship, but due to personal principles (let’s leave that for another day), he went on taking an accountancy degree instead. Lo and behold, as others were milling around the farm, we had A class seats (or more like standing positions) right in front.

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Big Huat getting ready, looking majestic as always.

Personally, we felt that the prediction event could have been done with more panache. Qian Hu could have done better to spruce up the occasion, and the fishes could have been given more decorated tanks (and maybe place them inside the House of Dragons), instead of the austere tanks that they were now given.

The Qian Hu staff approached the tanks, and in their hands we could all see the mechanism which is going to be placed inside the tanks where the 2 oracular arowanas would be choosing their grub from.

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Qian Hu employees spotted, show’s gonna start!

I shall let the pictures do the talking. First up is our ‘Grand Champion’ (where he got that title from puzzles me, seem like Qian Hu and their marketing fluff again ><

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The grub

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XL displaying proof of her Singaporean descent. Suaku Singaporean Syndrome strikes! EEKS!

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Prep for Ops

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Putting the partition in (Overheard during the media interview. This was done because Big Huat tends to eat  faster than Small Huat, so it sort of slows down the eating pace)

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 In goes the mechanism

So basically, it works pretty simply, the first prawn eaten is the country that the fish picks to win. Three choices, win lose draw. First up is Big Huat. Eggcited eggcited!!! It is just right in front of us! elson was the photographer of the day and he began snapping photos faster than the Newpaper journalists on our left. And almost a split second after the ‘weighing scale’- like mechanism is put in, Big Huat had a result, a draw! What an oracle really, swift and decisive! Crowd groans, for what reason I dunno why (England should really ought to be happy with a draw, really!) We barely caught sight of Big Huat when he got the grub immediately from the ‘Draw’ canister of the mechanism.

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Big Huat is very efficient!

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We proceed to Little Huat next. Unlike his dearest ‘uncle’, Little Huat did not appear as a fish with a voracious appetite. He came us waiting like a Madonna star, like really. We snapped many pictures, and everyone in the crowd was even egging him on. The area was apparently filled with more England fans, because everyone was holding their breaths when the fish caught close to the England flag (bear in mind this little fella predicted a wrong result for the opening games). So everyone wanted it to pick France in hope that the reverse would come true.

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Like a boss

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elson was totally unamused, while XL being the ever supportive England fan, began to cheer it on, with some support from the crowd. It was beginning to test our patience, but suddenly, it ate a prawn from the ‘Draw’ canister. EH both HUATS predicted draws.

Qian Hu’s boss must be sweating now, because we have always had a conspiracy theory that 2 fish were chosen instead of 1 in order to increase the probabilities of at least one fish making the right decision. It is all or nothing now for Kenny the Fish (that’s the nickname of Qian Hu’s boss) The moment Little Huat made his choice, audible shouts of  ‘sian lah, ta pai poon si draw eh’ ( meaning: Haiz, why is it always a draw? In hokkien) Well, they have already made their call, and it was time for us to make our call to leave too.

Pictures of the crowd!

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TNP Journalist beside us

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 ‘Post-match’ press conference

We have lots of stuff planned up for the rest of the day, including a recce of the area around Sungei Tengah, where we will dig up more happenings for everyone.

Oh ya, here is the schedule for fans who are interested in witnessing another prediction event. Note that the predictions are mostly for England games.

The Good:

  • Interesting for those who do not have an opportunity to head down to Germany during WorldCup  2010 to see Paul.
  • Great outdoor place highly therapeutic for those who work in the concrete jungle.

The Bad:

  • Weather can get hot especially since it is in the afternoon. No prior announcement/addressing of the crowd before event commenced. Totally zero engagement of the audience to explain what was going on. In short, poor public relations
  • Poor ambience, as we said, it could be better decorated to suit the occasion (More Euro’12 deco,  anyone?)

And for convenience sake, we have repasted the way to get there here again (:

Getting there! (For the benefit of those who did not read the previous post)

By car: From the KJE, exit at Sungei Tengah Road/Bricklands Road exit.

From Sungei Tengah Road, turn left into Old Choa Chu Kang Road.

Head straight until you spot the Home Team Academy. Before that, you will get to see this sign board

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Turn right into Jalan Lekar. Head straight all the way until you see the gigantic Qian Hu logo.

By Public Transport:

Take an MRT train to Choa Chu Kang station. Qian Hu has shuttle buses ferrying all of us into their farm!

This is the detailed schedule.

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Alternatively, a detailed schedule can be found here :

http://www.qianhu.com/content/phase1/corporate/contact/busscheduleCCK.asp

Signing off,

elson

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Something auspicious (read: fish) for our new blog

Being Chinese, we believe in auspicious starts, what better than to start it off with a 年 年 有 鱼? Hope this auspicious ‘HUAT’ post brings a good start to the many adventures we will have!

Whenever TGIF draws close, we will never forget life’s main purpose, which is CARPE DIEM, meaning to seize the day in English. As Philosoraptor once quipped,

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Yes indeed, being poor and pathetic little low-life undergrads who have no $$$ :(( (Yes very sad IKR), we have decided to scour more places in sg which charge very low, if better free admissions! YES that is our goal! And this week, we might just have something interesting swimming by!

With the Euro 2012 brewing on, the most happening event is definitely lazing around your usual watering holes, enjoying the beautiful game, right?

Yet someone disagrees, and that certainly sounds fishy to us, yes! It may have occurred that there might be copycats trying to emulate the success of Paul the Octopus during the Worldcup in 2010. Now however, local aquarium Qian Hu is leading the charge, bringing to us not an oracular octopus, but 2 golden crossback arowanas to predict the scores for the Euro 2012.

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OK, enough of these politically correct salesman talk, we head down to see for ourselves what all these brouhaha is about!!! Let us bring you back one week!

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Here we are at the characteristic fish farm (actually, no need for introduction right! the ginormous logo of a high fin loach fish gives it all away).

We are accompanied by not just XL’s bro, but also her awesomely, heart-melting, uber cuddly, so-fluffy-I-want-do-die Shih Tzu. Yeshi! Apple the shih tzu will be joining us today! Of course, being the gentleman there, elson is tasked with the responsibility of carrying the Apple around. And don’t belittle this little thing, she sure is heavy! Ehh that’s worth at least one gym session in Maju Camp for him. *XL grins evil-ly*

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The plethora of fishes distracted us from heading straight to the main attraction; we went towards the west of the farm and caught glimpses of the all-too-common kampong fishing paired with fish spa combo. Sighted were a few children looking rather amused and another visibly bored couple having their dead skins eaten by fish. We will pass. We, the dynamic duo, are only interested in the wild and dangerous. Longkang fish? Bleah!

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Apple makes contact with kois!

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Say Hi to Apple!

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Care for a swim?

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Guess what’s in the bag?

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In front of the Kampong fishing cum fish spa thingy

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Apple asks for the more ‘advanced’ fishes. Let’s go guys! 😀 woof!

This is the fish gallery, basically it’s an euphemism for the fish store. And yup we get to see more dangerous fishes right over here!

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elson and Apple are eggcited toooooo!

This is a birchir over here, and it is a kind of prehistoric fish. Hey take a closer look at this because it would cost you upwards of $20 to see it at the Underwater World. This is a great lobang for us today.

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prehistoric birchir. some ppl pay more than $20 to see this. it is free here, beat that. :p

Along the way, we spot more weird fishes, including the weirdly skinny Green Spotted Puffers. elson keeps them at home and they are definitely much fatter and rounder than what we see here!!

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(XL: like owner, like fish! 😉 )

And here we see the Qian Hu logo in the flesh! The high fin loach.

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Couple of archer fishes (left) and a baby goliath tiger fish(right). The latter packs a mean bite! OUCH!

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Awwwww… do not disturb the sick fishes, how sweet!

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After the myriad of photos, let’s head on down to the main reason we’re here.

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We humbly seek an audience with your majesties, Big Huat and Little Huat!

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Yes, the two golden cross back aros that Qian Hu have been swooning over. And alas! Here they are. Behold the two ‘Huats’!

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Huat the fish! To our bewilderment, we were shocked that the fishes did not appear as majestic as we had expected. Their sizes were definitely not imposing, but they look good enough, period. For fish enthusiasts who love aros, do not be disappointed by their appearances. Perhaps they have something up their erm, gills.

And here is Little Huat, who according to Qian Hu, is the nephew (???) of Big Huat, the bigger fellow who got his predictions right for the opening games of Euro 12.

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And… here is ‘Big’ Huat. Not exactly big by arowana standards but yup, definitely bigger than his, erm ‘nephew’.

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Ah crap! There will a prediction even just one day after today, which is.. tomorrow, how unfortunate! We must be back tomorrow to see how these fishy little slim rods predict the winners of the England vs. France game. Yep, guess we have to come back tomorrow, what a bummer! :((

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Without the prediction marketing hype thingy, nothing much is happening in the two Huats enclosures. Apple was nudging us into a corner (EL had let her down to stretch her furry lil paws, and mainly because his arms are getting damn shagged!) where we saw the gaudy neon lights shouting ‘House of Dragon’ which is just another creative moniker for their arowana enclosures. We jumped right in, dog leading the way, while human only got to follow.

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Upon entering, the most obvious difference is that the darkness within is long gone. We are enveloped by whitewash florescent lights. A big no no and the ambience for admiring the fish is all gone. How could you do this Qian Hu? We so wish that it was like in the past, where the Chow Yun Fatt arowana was still there. Anyway, Apple wanted to pee too, and coupled with a new sense of disappointment, we left the enclosure.

Almost the end of whatever happenings possible here, we went on to the snack bar to grab bottles of drinks after Apple was done with her business. As we walked back to say our sad goodbyes to the ‘Huats’, let us share with you our 2 cents pertaining to this fish farm.

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The Good:

  • Plenty of interesting species of fish for those who do not have the privilege to enter the now-defunct Van Kleef aquarium.
  • If you are on a budget, and want a completely free admission into an aquarium, this is the closest you can get. Plus, the species of fish on display changes from time to time, so one will never get bored!

The Bad:

  • Sections of the Fish Gallery are under re-construction, and we highly suspect that the flagship House of Dragons are still work-in-progress, so it may do you well to visit it somewhere in the near future.
  • The two ‘Huats’ oracular arowanas might just be objects of media hype. Do NOT expect fantabulous, uber attractive arowanas with high levels of psychic powers.

Getting There!

By car: From the KJE, exit at Sungei Tengah Road/Bricklands Road exit.

From Sungei Tengah Road, turn left into Old Choa Chu Kang Road.

Head straight until you spot the Home Team Academy. Before that, you will get to see this sign board

Turn right into Jalan Lekar. Head straight all the way until you see the gigantic Qian Hu logo.

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By Public Transport:

Take an MRT train to Choa Chu Kang station. Qian Hu has shuttle buses ferrying all of us into their farm!

This is the detailed schedule.

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Alternatively, a detailed schedule can be found here : http://www.qianhu.com/content/phase1/corporate/contact/busscheduleCCK.asp

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bye bye fishes!

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On the way back!

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Apple bids good night!!!!

Adios! Kindda sleepy after this post *Yawns* TGIF TMR! WHERE TO GO???

Signing off,

elson

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